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A Christmas travel tsar has been appointed in an effort to avoid transport chaos during the festive period. Sir Peter Hendy, the chairman of Network Rail, will scrutinise whether train, air and road networks are ready for millions of people making trips over the five-day window when coronavirus restrictions are eased, the Department for Transport said.
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Rail campaigners say they remain 'optimistic' that services will return to normal on the Far North Line once the Covid-19 pandemic is over.
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More than £130,000 has been raised for the Waverley as part of a Covid-19 Relief Appeal.
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ScotRail will deliver a revised timetable for customers from Sunday, 13 December as it continues to provide a critical service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Announcing the changes, the train operator confirmed that around 81 per cent of the normal timetable will operate, with some services being removed following a significant reduction in passenger demand. ScotRail said this level of service will more than meet demand over the coming months.
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People who work on the railways often remark it is like one big family.
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The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today published its annual report on the rail industrys finances for 2019-20.
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A man from Glasgow looking to do Christmas shopping in Edinburgh asked the rail company 'if they'd mind' if he broke the rules.
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The cross-Channel rail operator claimed it is being treated unfairly after the aviation sector was given extra assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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A new video is showcasing the work ScotRail staff have put in to keeping customers and colleagues safe and moving during the coronavirus pandemic.
It highlights the fact that since March, deep cleans on trains to prevent the spread of the virus have increased by 270 percentage points.
Cleaning staff are concentrating their efforts on all areas people frequently come into contact with, known as 'touch points'. These include ticket machines, gates, handrails, lift surfaces, pay phones, and door handles.
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The volume of people using buses in Scotland also dramatically declined during the first weekend of tougher restrictions.
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Scotrail says it has reinstated train carriages on a number of busy commuter routes to and from Helensburgh after concerns were raised over a lack of social distancing during peak times.

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All but essential cross border travel between the England and Scotland is set to become illegal from 6pm on Friday.
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Unions say CalMac staff deserve more than a 0.5% rise in recognition of their efforts during the Covid pandemic.
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People are no longer allowed to drink alcohol on trains or at stations as part of measures to stem Covid.
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People have been deliberately coughed or spat at or phlegm smeared on surfaces among 55 Covid-related crimes on Scotlands railways since March, British Transport Police (BTP) has revealed.
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Glasgow Central: Police cuts deeper than we thought. Its just as well he's up high and short-sighted people can't try and talk to him.
David Panton 22/06/2019

A luxury Ayrshire resort will close to guests during January as it faces financial difficulty, according to an inside source.
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Turnberry Hotel: Designed by James Miller, built by the Glasgow and South Western Railway Company and opened in 1906 as the Station Hotel, Turnberry. View from the west in May 2014 see image [[7207]].
Colin Miller 11/05/2014


Turnberry Hotel: The main entrance to Turnberry - at the back of the building, where the covered passageway used to lead from the station. To the left of the entrance, under the tower, in the middle of the sandstone area between the windows, the crest of the G&SWR is displayed.
Colin Miller 11/05/2014

The hotel says it made the 'very difficult' decision as Perth and Kinross moves to level 3 restrictions. [Railscot note: Gleneagles is a former railway hotel. It began independently, was built by the Caledonian Railway and opened by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.]
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Gleneagles Hotel: The Grand Entrance to Gleneagles Hotel seen in a 1980 view.
John Robin 08/03/1985

Post-coronavirus financial pressure on governments and mounting public concern about climate change may finally prove the catalysts to unlock substantial private investment in European rail freight. Stephen Layburn and Tim Jackson of transport finance house Centrus describe the outlook to Nick Kingsley.
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Scotland's main train operator plans to reduce services by 10 per cent from next month, The Scotsman has learned.
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Rail opeators have been asked by the government to draw up proposals of making the railway more 'efficient' and 'financially sustainable' by cutting services after passenger numbers fell.
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Most Britons see their car as more important now and would not choose greener alternatives.
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A CalMac ferry has been taken out of service after three crew members tested positive for Covid-19.
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Trams to Newhaven final business case (FBC) updated to take into account the effect of COVID-19.
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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the current restrictions that are being imposed throughout Scotland, we have had to bring forward the end of the Jacobite season for 2020 to Friday 6th November. The Morning service will now run each day Monday to Friday to Friday 6th November.
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Due to the latest Covid lockdown in England, Hull Trains will be temporarily suspending all train services from 00:01 Thursday 5 November 2020. This will be the second time the operators direct rail services between Hull and London have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdowns implemented the government this week.
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Plans to build Crossrail 2 will be shelved as part of the £1.8bn bailout deal agreed by the government and Transport for London at the weekend. TfL will also have to further investigate driverless trains under the terms of the deal to provide emergency funds to the capital, which has lost billions in passenger revenue because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Transport for London has secured a six-month deal to keep services running until March 2021.
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The company says sales are up 33% as more people take up hobbies during the pandemic.
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The £25m upgrade restoration of Barmouth Viaduct, which is a vital transport link for North West Wales, is set to be extended by 48 hours to allow more work to be carried out while passenger numbers are lower because of the firebreak lockdown
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Public transport is one of the cleanest places to be during the coronavirus pandemic, an investigation has found. Channel 4s Dispatches checked surfaces for germs in locations across the country - and concluded that trains and buses were more hygienic than the cafes, supermarkets and hotels it also tested.
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Scots could be offered free bus and train travel to get people back into the habit of using public transport, after a collapse in use due to the coronavirus pandemic.Scottish ministers believe there
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New figures published today (Friday, 23 October) show that work to prepare for the effects of autumn resulted in more trains arriving on time, and the best performing September of the Abellio franchise.

Across Scotland, 92.3 per cent of ScotRail trains met the rail industry standard public performance measure (PPM) in the period 20 September to 17 October 2020 “ the best September-October performance since the start of the Abellio franchise.
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The Welsh Government had been in talks with KeolisAmey about a possible bailout in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, but talks have fallen through, according to the Telegraph.
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New Waverley face coverings are now on sale as part of a fundraiser for the famous paddle steamer.
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The Tyne and Wear Metro has secured further financial support from the Government to sustain its essential services through to March while Covid-19 restrictions continue across North East England.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has allocated £8.5m for Metro, which will last to January 18, and a similar such amount to get through to March 31, the end of the current financial year, if it is needed.
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Brits are ready to swap their holidays abroad for staycations in places such as Edinburgh as the coronavirus pandemic has shifted the nations eco-conscience.

That is according to findings by train company LNER who say people in the UK are shunning overseas trips and air travel to become more sustainable.
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Rail bosses are set to bring in a full booze ban on trains in Scotland as terrified staff reveal details of packed trains with drunk passengers swapping face masks.
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ScotRail claims it wasn't up to them to let their own staff know about the British Transport Police lockdown on platform one.
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The station would usually be jammed packed with people at rush hour, but following the latest Covid shut down, it is eerily quiet
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Heritage railways across the country have received grants totalling more than £6.7 million from the Government's Culture Recovery Fund, to help them survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
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ScotRail confirms a case of Covid-19 and says enhanced cleaning taking place.
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There is a new competitor to rail, one of the increasing band of impressive female leaders of the industry has observed, and people are growing to like it.
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Rail passenger journeys in Great Britain fell to the lowest levels last seen in the mid-nineteenth century, official statistics from the Office of Rail and Road have revealed.
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When stand-up Nathan Cassidy entertained an audience of 38 at the Three Sisters on 24 August, it was for a moment as though Covid-19 had all been a nightmare and this could not possibly be the only surviving live event of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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Following Nicola Sturgeons announcement today (7th October 2020), the Jacobite service will be running as advertised on the web pages. There will be a restriction on the selling of alcoholic drinks during the period from 9 October at 6pm to Sunday 25 October inclusive. But apart from that the service will be running as scheduled.
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